I got all excited [and with good reason] for New Horizons to Pluto... So 2016 is going to the year of Jupiter thanks to Juno. And it's already broken a record... http://www.sciencealert.com/nasa-s-...on-km-from-the-sun?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1 On the home stretch to Jupiter, NASA's Juno probe has made history, becoming the most distant solar-powered spacecraft ever launched by humankind. Juno broke the record this week at 19:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 13, hitting a whopping 793 million kilometres (493 million miles) from the Sun – not too shabby for a vessel that relies on solar rays to keep the lights on. Juno pipped the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, the orbit of which hit a high point of 792 million kilometres (492 million miles) in October 2012 as it homed in on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Juno's accomplishment is all the more impressive when you consider that the farther it gets from the Sun, the weaker the solar rays that power the craft become. And Juno's power supply will keep getting fainter as the craft approaches its research destination, which it will arrive at on July 4 this year. And yes, I'll probably return to this thread on and off and bore on about it a bit more. Sorry, just the way I am.